8/15/2016

7/29/2016

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

DIOR makes me weak in my knees.
I can't explain my obsession with the brand, but it's there. Is it because it's French? Elegant? Timeless? Classic? I could go on and on. 
Since little age, everything French, has special place in my heart. Dior is where French and beauty meets, so I guess that would explain mine affection. 

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss is not just a lip gloss, but with Dior it doesn't really surprise. It is also a lip plumper.
This formula that is bursting with hyaluronic acid, gives lips a fuller look and long lasting moisture.

This miracle product offers three great qualities, benefits all at once. It's:

- Ultra glossy
- Ultra plumping
- Ultra hydrating

I love this formula, as, besides all the great qualities mentioned above, it doesn't have sticky finish. This lip gloss is very lightweight, which is amazing, as, I believe, we all want maximum performance and looks, without a feeling that you have tons of product on you.

18 addictive colours, created by Peter Phillips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, and adjusted shade by shade to stand out as true fashion statements, with three different shine effects to choose from:*

  • Sparkling: Colour with a high concentration of glitter
  • Iridescent: Colour that radiates with fine, contrasting pearlescent pigments
  • Sheer: Clear, pure colour



Beautiful mirror shine with lots of glitter. Looks amazing on it's own or on top of a lipstick. Lipgloss feels super lightweight and as promised also delivers great long lasting hydration. It makes me feel happy when I wear it - Dior just has that effect on me.

 Natural light
Direct sunlight

Packaging with Dior never disappoints - it always looks so elegant and exclusive. It almost looks like it's made from a glass and has DIOR engraved on it. It has a crystal handled applicator, that is created to "maximize the glossy result and deposit the perfect dose on lips for greater precision of application, as easy and intuitive as ever."*





When, you happen to lick it by accident (wink), it, not only looks sweet, it also tastes sweet. 
Below you can see some swatches



Happy National Lipstick Day! 


- Stay Beautiful - 

* from Dior website 

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

DIOR makes me weak in my knees.
I can't explain my obsession with the brand, but it's there. Is it because it's French? Elegant? Timeless? Classic? I could go on and on. 
Since little age, everything French, has special place in my heart. Dior is where French and beauty meets, so I guess that would explain mine affection. 

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss is not just a lip gloss, but with Dior it doesn't really surprise. It is also a lip plumper.
This formula that is bursting with hyaluronic acid, gives lips a fuller look and long lasting moisture.

This miracle product offers three great qualities, benefits all at once. It's:

- Ultra glossy
- Ultra plumping
- Ultra hydrating

I love this formula, as, besides all the great qualities mentioned above, it doesn't have sticky finish. This lip gloss is very lightweight, which is amazing, as, I believe, we all want maximum performance and looks, without a feeling that you have tons of product on you.

18 addictive colours, created by Peter Phillips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, and adjusted shade by shade to stand out as true fashion statements, with three different shine effects to choose from:*

  • Sparkling: Colour with a high concentration of glitter
  • Iridescent: Colour that radiates with fine, contrasting pearlescent pigments
  • Sheer: Clear, pure colour



Beautiful mirror shine with lots of glitter. Looks amazing on it's own or on top of a lipstick. Lipgloss feels super lightweight and as promised also delivers great long lasting hydration. It makes me feel happy when I wear it - Dior just has that effect on me.

 Natural light
Direct sunlight

Packaging with Dior never disappoints - it always looks so elegant and exclusive. It almost looks like it's made from a glass and has DIOR engraved on it. It has a crystal handled applicator, that is created to "maximize the glossy result and deposit the perfect dose on lips for greater precision of application, as easy and intuitive as ever."*





When, you happen to lick it by accident (wink), it, not only looks sweet, it also tastes sweet. 
Below you can see some swatches



Happy National Lipstick Day! 


- Stay Beautiful - 

* from Dior website 

7/22/2016

Tease with Teeez

Teeez Cosmetics - a brand that will bring a lot of joy and surprises. I just have the feeling.

Teeez Cosmetics is a European brand, created in the Netherlands in 2004. Their makeup is fun and bold, bright and different. It definitely stands out!


This is what they say about themselves:
"We are exclusive. Eccentric. And obsessed with fashion. Our passion is to continuously surprise and seduce you each season, where we invent a new kind of beauty."*
After reading this, it all makes sense now. A cosmetic brand that is obsessed and inspired by fashion. Does it get any better? 
Teeez fascination with fashion is noticeable not only in the products themselves but also packaging. It's so pretty and unique. 
Packaging is one of the many things that draws me to this brands. What's very different and super cute is that a few of the products even have a nice little message inside the packaging, which also makes it perfect as a gift. 

Colorful and amazing packaging

The Teeez Cosmetics product I'm currently loving a lot is Sealed With A Kiss Lip Duo in Orchid Spirit. It looks like a bullet and will blow your mind away.

Best kind of bullet

This amazing lipstick is from their Sugar Rush collection and comes in 16 different shades. As I mentioned above, mine is in Orchid Spirit. 
As the name would suggest, you get 2 in 1. One end gives you intense matte with amazing pigment and coverage, and the other end delivers a super glossy look.

Intense Matte

Super Glossy

I like to apply the matte first and then glossy on top, as it gives my lips nice dimension and fuller lip look. 
Lipstick is long lasting (it really is), moisturizing and isn't sticky. That's like perfection. It has a sweet and almost fruity but light scent.

Matte and Glossy

Teeez Cosmetics launch a new collection each season, where every collection has a story to tell. I keep falling in love with the brand more and more, and can't wait to see what they will bring us next.

Dear Teeez, we will meet again very soon, that I know. I have a list of a few products, that I have my eye on. Keep surprising! 

P.S. At the moment Teeez Cosmetics are exclusively available at THE BAY or via TEEEZ COSMETICS website.


- Stay Beautiful - 

Gloss on top of matte = perfection


7/19/2016

Sattva Pure

"Sattva Pure - organic, fair trade, and vegan skincare options were the dream for founder Mia Mevissen. Sattva Pure is that dream realized, with a vast collection of body butters and sugar scrubs providing all - natural alternatives to conventional options on today's beauty market."*
From left: Mia Mevissen and Andrea Krawec proudly showcasing amazing "Sattva Pure" products

Last week I wrote about Pure + Simple Fresh Canadian Brands #sofreshsogreen event. I had an amazing time and privilege to learn more about local and organic skincare brands. I also promised to talk and tell you guys more about the ones I had opportunity to learn more via their amazing products.

So today's post goes to "Sattva Pure" brand.

Sattva Pure products will have you glowing from head to toe, being 100% natural. On their website you will find that all of the products are vegan and free from parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, SLS, SLES, synthetic colors and synthetic fragrances. They source organic and fair-trade ingredients whenever possible.
Don't you already love the brand? Wait till I tell you more about the products I had a chance to try.

So my sample bag included following products:
  • Plant-based Lavender Hand & Body wash
  • Sea salt & Sugar Lime Body Scrub
  • Hydrating Lime Body Lotion
  • Ultra Hydrating Lavender Body Butter
 

Products smell so nice, that I have to stop myself from wanting to eating them.
Someone said, that lime scented scrub and body lotion smells like Margaritas - and they totally do. Very refreshing and delicious scent.

I'm a mom of a toddler and a newborn. And I think you can imagine how tired I might get and how high my stress levels are. Products like these, that are made from natural ingredients and scented with essential oils, are on my favorites list.

Lavender is known for it's calming and relaxing characteristics. It's been used for alleviating insomnia, anxiety, depression, restlessness, stress. It has also been proven effective for nearly all kinds of ailments, from pain to infections. Lavender is amazing. I have to admit that I have a weakness for this flowering plant - from it's looks to it's use. 

I loved Sattva Pure lavender body wash and body butter for evening shower. Products not only smelt and felt great, but also worked as a calming element in my life. 
Body wash has a strong lavender scent that nicely evaporates in contact with water and steam. It's formulated with natural sugars and coconut oils, and is anti-inflammatory, so great for sensitive skin. 

I have a dry skin, so I'm a huge body butter fan. Sattva Pure lavender ultra hydrating body butter is rich in texture and scent, and I love that it's not greasy. A lot of other ones, I have used before, always had greasy finish. And who likes that?
After use skin feels well moisturized and so very smooth. Absorbs really quick - I love that a lot. 


Sattva Pure lime body scrub not only smells like Margarita, it looks a lot like one too. You need to be very careful when using it - it's a body scrub - for external use only. Regular use of this scrub will remove dead skin cells and deliver better and healthier skin appearance. 
In combination with fast absorbing lime body lotion, it will help your body not only look good and feel refreshed, but also smell amazing.


Sattva Pure has amazing product selection to choose from. Check their website and treat yourself with something fantastic. I, myself, can't wait to try more from this amazing Canadian brand.

You can also visit Pure + Simple locations and try the product before you commit to it.
Indulge, enjoy and support local and natural skincare. 


P.S. And how could I forget to mention - it safe for your little ones too! My daughter that is almost three - loves lime lotion. And me being a sneaky parent - I use the lavender body butter after her bath before bed - sweet dreams are made of lavender ;)


- Stay Beautiful - 





7/15/2016

Vichy Skincare

Few weeks ago amazing Chickadvisor sent me this wonderful little package with full size Vichy products. Today I would like to share my experience with you guys. 
I received products that are ideal and suitable for dry skin.

Package contained: 
  • Purete Thermale Cleansing foam radiance revealer
  • Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
  • Thermal SPA water

Purete Thermale Cleansing foam radiance revealer

Great product that is perfect for dry and sensitive skin. It's a lightweight cleansing foam, that is gentle, smells amazing and cleanses perfectly. 
Pump makes it very easy, hassle and mess-free to use. I like that just a little bit of product gets the job done. It's so easy to use and easy to rinse off.
After use, skin feels cleansed, fresh and looks radiant. 
And I absolutely love that product didn't leave my skin feeling dry as a lot of other cleansers tend to do that.



Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
Here is what Vichy has to say about products new formula (Vichy website):
For the first time, Vichy Thermal Spa Water is combined with 3 new-generation energizing sugars to stimulate water movement from cell to cell for a fresher more radiant complexion. (Hyaluronic Acid: a leading replumping ingredient. AquabiorylTM: patented molecule that is ultra-moisturizing and amplifies the feelings of comfort, softness and soothes during and after application. λ-carrageenans: extracted from red algae, it locks in hydration to keep the water well-distributed.) The formula also contains Shea Butter to comfort dry to very dry sensitive skin. Non-greasy, non-sticky texture for a non-oily skin finish. 

Sounds really amazing. I can agree for it to be a great moisturizer for those with very dry skin.
I found it to be little too rich for my liking, especially for summer time. I didn't like it as a day cream. but I was using it for night time though - rich in texture but still lightweight.
Like all the other Vichy products that I have used, this one too, smells amazing. It has a very fresh, but not overpowering scent.

Packaging is really nice! It has a mirror lid, that I find to be a pretty awesome detail.
Cream is allergy tested and paraben free, so suitable also for those with sensitive skin.

I really like the product formula, so I think I will give it another try in fall or winter, when my facial skin will be more receptive towards richer products.



Vichy Thermal SPA water
Vichy's Thermal SPA water is a completely natural, unique ingredient recognized and used in pharmacology for its soothing, fortifying, and regenerative properties (Vichy website).

This water is rich with rear minerals and is so easy to love. I have been a huge fan of "spray water" (not sure if that's how they are called) for a good while now. And this Vichy Thermal SPA water is probably my favorite so far.
I have a dry skin and I'm not a huge fan of those hot summer days. So in summer "spray water" is with me all the time - that's how I can keep my cool on (literally and figuratively). And it's the best way to refresh the face without ruining my makeup.
Biggest difference between all the other ones I have used is that this one actually feels moisturizing. It's lightweight mist but has substance.
Product is allergy tested and is preservative free, so it will have great soothing effect on sensitive skin.
I also like to refrigerate it for a bit, for those crazy hot and humid summer days.


- Stay Beautiful - 

For more reviews and opinions go to Chickadvisor and find the product you are interested in reading more about. In social media you can also follow #vichyworksforme to see more visuals and read more experiences.
I received products free of charge (thank you Chickadvisor and Vichy), but opinion is always my own

7/13/2016

Fresh Canadian Brands

Last week amazing Pure + Simple organized #SoFreshSoGreen - Fresh Canadian Brands - event. It was celebrating launch and existence of amazing Canadian natural skincare brands. And I was between the lucky ones, that got invited to the celebration. 

Event took place at Pure + Simple Yorkville SPA location which, by the way, is very cute and welcoming. Definitely going back there for some SPA treatments. 

Check Pure + Simple webpage for amazing diversity of services they provide

Let's get the party started

I met so many happy and proud faces behind the brands. I am so happy that I was invited, as I learned so much and was introduced to so many amazing locally made natural skincare brands. 

Celebrity stylist and World Hair founder Brian Phillips

Pure + Simple believes in "Beautiful skin, naturally!". They have a huge selection of products where you can find something that will work for everyone. Very knowledgeable personnel there, will help you with right product selection, depending on your skin concerns. 

So many amazing Pure+Simple products

All of Pure + Simple products are made only with natural and healthy ingredients, that are based on cruelty-free testing. Products are pure, safe and good for you and the environment. 


I like how much more educated we all are getting, when it comes to organic, environment friendly and natural skincare, cosmetics, foods etc. And the fact that there is much more to choose from is fantastic.

So once again, thank you Pure + Simple for this event, that allowed me and many others to soak in the information and knowledge about bunch of locally made organic skincare products. And for the opportunity to meet enthusiastic and passionate people behind the brands. 

Amazing samples I received during the event

Below I will list the brands I saw at the event and, as you can see in the photo above, I also received some samples, that I can't wait to try. I will write more about the products, as I try them, in next couple of weeks, because they are so amazing and unique. 

Check out what others have to say about the event and brands by checking  #SoFreshSoGreen Twitter or Instagram.

I also want to share my friend Maria's (better known as BestDayBlogger) amazing video from the event, so that you can get a better feel of it.
Enjoy and talk to you soon!


- Stay Beautiful -

On a way home with Dalish lipstick stain on my coffee cup

6/17/2016

Givenchy Art Of Perfumery


Our always charming host and beauty guru - Dave Lackie

Earlier this week I had a truly magical time at Givenchy #ArtOfPerfumery dinner. I was one of the few lucky ones that had a chance to attend and experience this amazing event in person. And so many  of Dave's followers and beauty enthusiasts from all around the world were with us via social media platforms like Twitter, Periscope etc.
It's not too late to relive the hype, just follow the #ArtOfPerfumery and you will be taken back in time to our Givenchy dream.

Always charming Dave Lackie knows how to make you feel special. By letting you be an insider to the beauty world and to experience the beauty enthusiast dream, he opens doors to a function normally only accessible to VIP journalists and experts, and allows one to experience something you wouldn't be able to, unless you're a beauty world professional. 

The event took place at Arcadian Studio - located in the downtown core. From the 8th floor you're able to see people running through their daily routines, while you're able to pause yours and indulge. 

Classic Givenchy in "just the right size" :)

"Hot Couture"

Upon arrival, the amazing and different scents of Givenchy perfume created a magical ambiance inviting you in and hypnotizing.

"Ange ou Demon" with equally magical scented candle

"Dahlia Divin' with scented candle again - a new must!

Giggles, chats, camera clicks, old and new friendships, posing, hugs and kisses. It's all there. Those are a few things that make Dave Lackie events so amazing - they are real and heartwarming.

Reunion with my beautiful ladies - Ashley, Katie and Connie
With Ashley, Maria, Christine
Connie and I with our social media moderator Cookie ;)

The nights cocktails matched fragrances with their signature ingredients and twist - pretty amazing and different.

My choice for the events refreshments were Gentelmen Only and Irrisistable - very refreshing and light, just like the fragrances themselves.

When the official mingling part is over (it never is, just so you know, as everyone is so high from living this dream like evening, it's hard to follow the schedule), it's time for dinner.

Service and menu never disappoint - "Oliver & Bonacini" took care of us like there's no tomorrow.
Below you can see the menu and amazing dishes we got spoiled with.

Grilled Eggplant & Buffalo Mozzarella; Lemon & Rosemary Chicken Supreme; O&B Artisan Pecan Pie and pink fortune cookie with inspiring message.

After some delicious food and outstanding dessert, Dave introduced us with Givenchy Fragrances Canada general manager David Titheridge. Very charming, knowledgeable and humble man. David shared some great inside stories with us accompanied with laughter, along with some brand history. 

Dave Lackie and David Titheridge



With more knowledge, it was even more interesting to go and look at the fragrances again. Scents and presentation now created a different and more complete picture/vision.


 


After saying never-ending goodbyes (common practice at Dave's events), it was time to return to reality. Reliving beautiful fairy-tale like memories via photos, tweets, posts and hypnotizing aromas from generously gifted fragrances we received in our gift bags. ,

Thank you Dave! I'm so very grateful.


Post on received fragrances to follow.